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Warren County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 19,972. Its county seat is Warrenton.

The county was formed in 1779 from the northern half of Bute County. It was named for Joseph Warren of Massachusetts, a physician and general in the American Revolutionary War who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

In 1881, parts of Warren County, Franklin County, and Granville County were combined to form Vance County.

Warren County was the home of Soul City, a planned “new town,” which has not lived up to initial expectations.

Warren County was also the site of the Warren County PCB Landfill site beginning in 1982 and was involved in a long environmental justice struggle to remove dangerous pollutants from affecting the health of the citizens. The site was not safe until 2004.


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